### Lesson Ideas

(August 2011) My current lesson idea is making a math trail around the school area.  I have been thinking about going out to the track that is at my school and trying to video tape someone running and jumping in to the sand pit (long jump).  That function describing them jumping at a time is described by a square root function which can be anything.  The current algebra book we are using describes it as y=10√x.  Measured in the maximum height at time t.

(October 17, 2011) I have had this idea of taking pictures on the smart board and using the line tool with one arrow, twice to form angles.  In the smart board tools there is a compass you can pull up to measure the angle in the picture.  I would hand out a worksheet and we could do algebra using the two worksheets.  This would work especially great in geometry when adding angles together.

(October 31, 2011) A new lesson idea of mine is using suspension bridges as parabola, and using transformations to fit suspension bridges.

(November 2, 2011) New lesson idea is having a drawing contest using Fibonacci numbers and/or the golden ratio.  I have also been trying to publish a Timeline Activity that I have come up with as well as a Clue Game in the classroom that has to do with problem based learning in the algebra classroom.  The last and most exciting idea I have come up with this week is a design-your-own-quiz.  This quiz will be over the circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas.  It will either be in a picture you have found or a picture you can draw and color.

(November 4, 2011) My creative idea for the day is a poster rolled up and tied together to it is a long cylinder, the top is green and it says that "I'm Done," while the bottom is red and it says "Need Help."  This can not only help students who are in small groups if they are stuck the teacher can come over and help them and know when others are done and need a higher order thinking question to keep thinking about the problem.

(December 18, 2011) Using Extreme Couponing to teach composite functions.  Looking at trigonometric functions to determine how far away clouds are and what town they are overhead.

(December 21, 2011) Using different assessment techniques and supplemental instruction.

(March 2, 2012) Having students find the section they are going over in a old textbook using an iPad and writing a paper over what they saw and if they could interpret what they saw.  http://books.google.com/ebooks?q=math&lr=&as_brr=4&sa=N&start=180
The paper would cover something we are going over in class and the students could write about the history, the language used, and the students will research the author and see how now is different from the time the ebook was wrote.

(March 8, 2012) Students crack a code for conveying secret messages that President Jefferson gave Lewis and Clark.  Students will figure out the code, decipher messages, and write messages in code.  http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/03/lp296-02.shtml

(March 8, 2012) Geometry Word Wall Cards http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Geometry-Word-Wall-Cards (DON'T BUY THIS.... DON'T)

(March 8, 2012) Students are CSI for the police and students estimate time of death, I cover manikins in the background with a sheet and give them a manila envelope and have the students look at the information and arrest someone knowing the evidence. Worksheet: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/mathsci/facstaff/Champion/CollegeAlgebra/ActivitiesPDF/TimeofDeathActivity_2versions.pdf

(April 13, 2012) Having students use Secondlife to have students go around and ask mathematical questions to other different avatars in a 3D world, engages learners and uses technology and online community to further life-long learning.

(April 13, 2012) Great activity today over what sine and cosine functions look like.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?id=L785
http://octm2009spaghetti.pbworks.com/f/Trig+Graphs+and+Laws.pdf
http://www.intmath.com/trigonometric-graphs/1-graphs-sine-cosine-amplitude.php
http://www.intmath.com/trigonometric-graphs/2-graphs-sine-cosine-period.php

(April 14, 2012) Project-based learning, students work over an extended period of time answering a driving question.  The question is so deep that it requires students to create a project to share their findings with others.  Projects take an extended period of time to complete and activities can be completed in a matter of multiple class periods.

(April 14, 2012) LiveCode is the only true simple way to create apps for any platform or purpose.  Get an incredibly rich, deep feature set with more than 2000 features for even the most sophisticated project.  Give students a project having to code for a simple calculator.  http://runrev.com/

(May 27, 2012) Have the students doodle or draw what something looks like on the side of their notes.  They will better understand the concept and when it comes to the test the doodle will help them remember something difficult previous classes have had trouble with.

(May 29, 2012) QR Race: Create a map for students to locate the QR codes.  Students will need to complete calculations.  Work in small groups.  Scan each QR code to receive a math question.  Record each location, correctly solve the question, once you have found all report back to the teacher.  Prizes are awarded to top 3 teams. http://storify.com/learnfromcarson/the-amazing-qr-race?awesm=sfy.co_v3P&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback

(June 5, 2012) Students bring in a statistics they found in the paper and they use this to determine how we come up with statistics in the real world and how they came up with the numbers.

(June 5, 2012) Great way to let students know what you are doing and when, using web 2.0 tools and iPad's in the classroom.

(June 5, 2012) Having students create their own book for teacher review and for the students to review.  Using: http://www.tikatok.com/

(June 6, 2012) Have your students build a rope with knots in it to find pythagorean triples. (3-4-5) Great interactive activity that will get the students interested.

(June 6, 2012) Have students doodle the concepts. Like this... http://alamaris.tumblr.com/post/17352590512/some-art-finally-i-doodle-math-beasts-when-im

(June 9, 2012) Great lesson (time consuming), but great way to see if students understand trig lengths.  They could even create an iMovie or iBook explaining how they came to the answer.  See picture below.

(July 3, 2012) Creating classroom badges using Google Draw to insert them in to a Google Doc.  When finished I can have stickers (I call them badges) to show if they mastered the material for that section.  If they do that is a grade in the book.  Like Pokemon you have to collect them all.

(July 9, 2012) Have quick trivia with scratch off paint.  Think you have the question right.  Scratch off the paint to see if you have the correct answer.

(July 19, 2012) Have students download an iPad app called Dragon Box, this can work on many different levels of math at any age level.  It is a game that quantifies algebra.  It is a revolutionary math game, where you can click, drag, and drop cards to solve over 100 puzzles.  It is available at the App Store on iTunes for \$2.99 and for the plus version \$5.99 or you can buy it on Google Play for the same amount.

(August 9, 2012) Mix math with art to get in some practice of plotting coordinates in the first quadrant with this fun and engaging activity.  http://www.greatmathsteachingideas.com/random-art-coordinates/

(September 9, 2012) Use QR codes with a problem, the QR code links to a ShowMe or a YouTube video of the problem being solved.

(January 15, 2013) Using grades on assignments as a high score board in the classroom.

(January 17, 2013) Getting stamps on a worksheet for talking with a student about math, this would help students use mathematical language in the everyday.

(February 11, 2013) Creating hexa-flexagons with definitions on them as flashcards.

(February 12, 2013) Higher-level Bloom's Taxonomy called abstract above the rest.